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PrimeSense announces they are partnering with ASUS to "provide controller-free interaction experiences in the living room" for PCs, saying the WAVI Xtion will debut at this week's CES and be launched during Q2 of this year. Though PrimeSense supplies 3D sensing technology for Kinect for the Xbox 360, they do not mention games, saying: "The WAVI Xtion media center for the PC leverages ultra-wide band wireless link and PrimeSense 3D sensing solution to provide controller-free interaction experiences in the living room. Users can browse multimedia content, access the Internet and social networks, and enjoy full body interaction in a more user-friendly and natural living room experience." Here's word on developer support: "In addition to WAVI Xtion, ASUS also adopts PrimeSense solutions to introduce the world’s first PC-exclusive 3D sensing professional development solution, Xtion PRO, for software developers to easily create their own gesture-based applications and software. Xtion PRO is scheduled to be commercially available in February 2011. Developers will also have the chance to sell their applications on the upcoming Xtion online Store."

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25. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 4, 2011, 00:43 Draugr
 
ASJD wrote on Jan 3, 2011, 22:43:
The 'trick' to making this widespread is forcing it on people, like the Wii. On Xbox 360 Kinect is your only choice.

You have to force people on interface, PC has always been about mouse+KB and will remain until PC has changed into something completely different than what anyone would call a PC today.

I agree, I could see holographic or 3D displays potentially changing the mouse and keyboard, if that ends up mainstreaming as some people seem to think, however I don't mean to imply this would be the UI behind it.
 
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24. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 22:43 ASJD
 
The 'trick' to making this widespread is forcing it on people, like the Wii. On Xbox 360 Kinect is your only choice.

You have to force people on interface, PC has always been about mouse+KB and will remain until PC has changed into something completely different than what anyone would call a PC today.
 
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23. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 22:06 Sepharo
 
I'm aware there are solutions other than the ones I possess.

That should have been obvious due the kludginess of it all.
 
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22. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 20:36 Kosumo
 
Or use any of the many bluethooth/IR mouse and keyboard set up that have been around for many (3-5) years that work with ease in a sitting room and on most farbrics.

Did you never know you could do that?
 
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21. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 18:42 Sepharo
 
I would like some decent hand gestures for navigating my PC from my couch.

My present choices:

Get up and walk about 10 feet and attempt to control mouse/cursor on TV while craning my neck.
Get up and walk about 10 feet and hot switch my primary display back to the computer monitor.
Use my USB extender cables for my mouse and try to use it on knee or couch (my keyboard is PS2 so it can't come with).
Hookup my Wii remote (which currently requires a bluetooth adapter, my wii to be on, and the remote to have batteries).
 
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20. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 18:27 Cutter
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 3, 2011, 16:54:
Secondly, I'm rather stoked about what can be done with a Kinect and PC. Doesn't have to be gaming centric, but the possibilities are amazing

Like what? Even if and when we get interactive holographic interfaces like Minority Report I simply can't believe that waving your arms in the air like your Harry Potter is more efficient than a keyboard and mouse. It may not be sexy but its still the most efficient interface we will EVER have untill we get some sort of neural net that interfaces directly with our brains and we can just think what we want. This has some possibility for the handicapped but that's it.

 
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19. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 18:23 Kosumo
 
That's cool, I'd say your up and down hand signals will just make the volume on your porn go up and down.

Althought , maybe that not how they will do it.

I like to keep an open mind to what comes out on PC, the more the merry I say.
 
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18. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 18:20 Shok
 
Speaking of TrackIR, I've been meaning to build my own after reading this maximumpc guide a while back:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/how-tos/how_build_your_own_ir_head_tracker
 
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17. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 18:08 Golwar
 
Verno wrote on Jan 3, 2011, 18:00:
Your an idiot.

Probably not a great idea to start off your statement like that

The "your"-faction is so large meanwhile, that a second language speaker could really be tempted to doubt that "you're" is indeed correct.
 
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16. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 18:03 DangerDog
 
Normally you watch movies with the lights low or off completely, these "web cam" motion controllers won't work in low light conditions very well.
 
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15. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 18:00 Verno
 
Your an idiot.

Probably not a great idea to start off your statement like that
 
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14. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 17:47 JayDeath
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 3, 2011, 16:54:
JayDeath wrote on Jan 3, 2011, 14:06:
What makes the PC such a wonderful gaming platform is that it isn't a console. Please don't try to consolize my PC!

Your an idiot. Read the second line Blue typed "THEY DO NOT MENTION GAMES"

Secondly, I'm rather stoked about what can be done with a Kinect and PC. Doesn't have to be gaming centric, but the possibilities are amazing

Well, I'm not an idiot. I just missed that. Sorry to offend you.

And when you're using, your...who's the idiot? Grammar is important.
 
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13. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 17:20 Draugr
 
|oR|jonvall wrote on Jan 3, 2011, 17:08:
"The WAVI Xtion media center for the PC leverages ultra-wide band wireless link and PrimeSense 3D sensing solution to provide controller-free interaction experiences in the living room. Users can browse multimedia content, access the Internet and social networks, and enjoy full body interaction in a more user-friendly and natural living room experience."


Who the hell has their pc in their living room? You can't look at porn in the middle of the living room! SHEESH!

HTPCs I think is their primary focus, based on the press release. I don't think a lot of those people will be looking for this kind of solution for the same reason a standard PC user wouldn't be looking for it.
 
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12. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 17:16 Draugr
 
While it's always interesting to see whats done using the kinect with a PC, I have yet see anyone do something with it that goes beyond the 'oooh ahhh' factor, and specifically with using it as control apparatus introduces a latency to it that makes it less effective then well, any other control device.
I look at it just like I did with the Wiimote hacks for PC, they are there, and no doubt some people use them, but there is no clamoring for the option as these things are already more effective at using different controls. ASUS should save its time and money and focus on something less gimmicky, imo.

Hopefully its priced similarly to the kinect (unless it has beefier hardware of course to cut down on latency) Otherwise those interested might just stick to/buy the kinect.
 
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11. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 17:08 |oR|jonvall
 
"The WAVI Xtion media center for the PC leverages ultra-wide band wireless link and PrimeSense 3D sensing solution to provide controller-free interaction experiences in the living room. Users can browse multimedia content, access the Internet and social networks, and enjoy full body interaction in a more user-friendly and natural living room experience."


Who the hell has their pc in their living room? You can't look at porn in the middle of the living room! SHEESH!
 
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10. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 16:54 The Half Elf
 
JayDeath wrote on Jan 3, 2011, 14:06:
What makes the PC such a wonderful gaming platform is that it isn't a console. Please don't try to consolize my PC!

Your an idiot. Read the second line Blue typed "THEY DO NOT MENTION GAMES"

Secondly, I'm rather stoked about what can be done with a Kinect and PC. Doesn't have to be gaming centric, but the possibilities are amazing
 
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9. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 16:16 Quboid
 
With TrackIR, the IR and the camera is on your monitor, you wear reflectors. On an early version of it I had trouble getting it to reflect properly and ended up putting the reflector on the tip of my nose. It worked, but it was embarrassing to been seen with it, like if I went out and forgot to take it off.

EDIT: Oh yes, the latest TrackIR does have a human-mounted IR transmitter. It's optional, but I gather works better than the reflection method. It's a shame TrackIR5 is so expensive, it's about $200 for the kit.
 
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8. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 15:52 CommunistHamster
 
TrackIR uses tech similar to the Playstation Move, only with IR instead of visible light, or like a reverse Wii (for which the IR is on the TV, and the camera in the controller; for trackIR the IR is on your head and the camera on your monitor). Natal/Kinect of course uses a stereo camera with fancy processing in the device, and nothing on the user[s] itself.

Something like this... I'm not seeing the attraction. Unless someone writes some amazing mouse/touchscreen emulation program (which would be neat but ultimately only useful for a media center PC) it has pretty much zero application.

Even TrackIR can only be used with compatible games. I have one, and it's really handy in Arma 2 when you have a whole simulated world around you competing for situational awareness. Devs have to pay for the SDK though, and given the fairly small market it's not usually supported outside of niche/simulator games.
 
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7. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 15:44 VQBlade
 
Man if I wanted to move around I would go to the gym...  
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6. Re: PC Motion Controller Jan 3, 2011, 15:14 SpectralMeat
 
Yep that is the one TrackIR.  
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